Every day millions of people surf the internet as a way to make easy money. Especially around the holidays when money is short, and the cost of gifts is skyrocketing.
An old scam has been revived by the scum bags waiting to pounce on innocent people who need money. It is a wrap your car money scam. Let’s get started on this review so we can expose this scam.
Eddy The Douche Bag
I hope to get this article out very soon to help protect many of you from making the same mistake a friend of mine recently made. How was she to know this guy that called himself Eddy Fergus was an impostor. I will give you ways to spot these douchebags and save yourself some heartache.
This guy used the name of Eddy Fergus, but I am sure he has changed his name by now or uses many aliases. So, to look for his name will not help you spot the wrap your car money scam.
This particular car wrap scam is designed to launder money, and you are used as the tool or mule to do the dirty deed.
How Do They Find You?
But first things first. How will you find these people who want you to wrap your car in an advertisement, or how do they locate you? You will receive a text message or a flyer in the mail telling you that you can make money advertising with shrink-wrap on your car. All you have to do is drive around as usual and use your vehicle for advertising. You may see an add-on social media or a job posting board also.
The scammer uses the logo of a well-known company to convince you it is legit, like energy drinks, Pepsi products, Nike. You want to check this out, so you go to the internet and look for the logo and the company. The company is legit, so you proceed forward. You believe a well-known company like these wouldn’t try to scam you because it would harm their reputation.
The real story here is the scammer is infringing upon the rights of logo use. He stole that logo to convince you he is legit. And why wouldn’t you fall for it? You did what you needed to do. You were responsible and checked them on the internet to make sure it is a legit company. So you proceed forward.
You call the number provided, or you email the company offering you $200-$500 a week to drive around town in a shrink-wrapped car because it is good money. And everyone knows we all need extra cash today.
How It All Works
You will receive a check in the mail. When it arrives you are to take it to the bank, take out your fee, and wire the remainder to the shrink wrap company. The shrink company will then send someone to your home to wrap your car.
When the check comes, you go directly to the bank, thinking the bank won’t let you deposit it if it is a fake check. When they do accept the deposit, you are relieved because all is going well so far. You take out your part and wire the remainder to the company as instructed.
In 3-4 days, you receive a call from the bank telling you the check was fraudulent and you will need to pay back the money. WOW!!! Now you are in debt, no extra cash, and worried sick that you may be in trouble. The guy who scammed you is long gone, and you have a problem.
How To Detect A Wrap Your Car Money Scam
This scenario is to help drive home the real danger you may be in and how easy it is to get scammed. I want to put down a few things to watch for when confronted with a wrap your car money scam.
1. If you don’t know them, do not make a wire transfer. A wire transfer cannot be stopped once initiated
2. Don’t trust the transaction just because it has a policy and a signed document by someone high up in the company. The signature can be a fake name.
3. Don’t trust the transaction just because it is a familiar logo.
4. If the person does not know your address or personal information, don’t trust them. If they got your name to send an advertisement or text, they should know this information.
5. The money should have been sent directly to the wrap company. Don’t be a middleman for anyone ever.
6. Remember these people are con artists and will have an answer for every question you ask
7. Trust your gut instinct. If you feel slightly uncomfortable, then it is a scam.
8. If they contact you repeatedly to make sure you have deposited the check and wired the money, it is a scam
9. The bottom line is; if it feels like, smells like, and looks like a scam, then it is a scam
10. If you do fall for this dirty scheme, don’t beat yourself up because millions of dollars are lost every year to scams. Just pass the word and let others know about it.
Please make yourself aware of the signs of a wrap your car money scam and share it with friends and family. If you don’t know them, then they probably don’t know you, and it very well may be a scam. Money laundering is a federal offense, so please don’t get caught up in this trap.
My friend did lose $1700 to this wrap your car money scam, but she did not get cited for a federal laundering offense. She did what I have suggested and has informed the world of her mistake. I am writing this for her. Was she embarrassed to be taken by Eddy? Yes, she was, but she knew her story would help you recognize this type of scam. So you see intelligent and courageous people fall for these scams. Please don’t be embarrassed to share with us. It is your bravery, just like my friends, that will stop these douchebags.
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